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iPhone XI: three cameras arrive

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With iPhone XI indicates the possible name of the line of high-end smartphones that Apple , as is tradition for some years now, could be presented in September 2019. One issue that could represent a revolution than their predecessors iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, especially on the photographic front. But what is the information and indiscretions appeared in the specialized press until today?

As already mentioned, the iPhone XI line – a name not yet officially confirmed by Cupertino – will be presented in September , as is customary for the Californian company. As a rule, from the launch event to the actual arrival in the stores they go from 7 to 15 days, with a distribution that should already be global from the first availability.

On the price front , to date no reliable rumors have emerged, although many analysts believe the devices could be offered at the same threshold as their predecessors. The high-end line will consist of two devices, hypothetically renamed iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max, perhaps offered starting from 1,000-1,100 euros . To these two devices could be added the successor of iPhone XR, the latter with hardware features and lower access lists.

Design ( ↑ )

The future iPhone XI should incorporate some of the aesthetic features of the predecessors, except for the rear body, as Apple is considering introducing new cameras . According to analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most reliable names on the bitten apple front, iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max should always incorporate a 5.8 and 6.5 inch screen respectively , with a slightly smaller front notch compared to editions already in trade, given the update to the second version of the TrueDepth sensors.

The construction materials should always be glass and steel: the first will be used both for the edge-to-edge front panel and for the rear panel, a choice obviously taken in the direction of wireless charging, not accessible using only metallic shells . The rear area, however, will see a new square housing – of decidedly important dimensions – to house three photographic lenses and the flash, as revealed by the leaks of industrial designs and production molds. Smartphones should always be offered in current silver, sidereal gray and gold colors.

Hardware ( ↑ )

To date, many rumors have not appeared on the network about the hardware that will make up the new iPhone XI. The most obvious prediction starts with the processor , considering how the Apple Park group follows annual update cycles for its chips, produced in collaboration with Asian partner TSMC.

The chip in question will be called A13 , it will probably be made with a 7 nanometer lithograph as well as the predecessor, to guarantee great power combined with reduced energy consumption. For the 5 nanometers, however, it will probably be necessary to wait until 2020. The processor could guarantee more lightning performance, both in terms of calculation and graphics, in relation to the current A12, as well as incorporating a more efficient energy optimization system as well as new features linked to the machine learning and artificial intelligence .

As for the displays , Apple would always be oriented towards OLED solutions, given the versatility both for edge-to-edge design and for the notch. The technical characteristics should remain similar to those of the previous generation, with 5.8 and 6.5 inch panels with high frequency and high color compliance. The identification of the user, meanwhile, will take place with the by now well established Face ID system: Apple is planning to inaugurate the second version of the TrueDepth sensors and lenses , further miniaturizing the components to obtain a smaller and less bulky notch .


As already mentioned, however, the big news could come on the front of the rear cameras. The Cupertino group is in fact planning to introduce three objectives, as revealed by industrial molds and design patterns from Asia. The two main cameras should remain similar to those of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, so they could be a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, to which a so – called ” time-of-flight ” solution could be added”. This camera is designed to analyze the surrounding environment on three dimensions, also mapping it, a feature that could not only improve the quality of the shots with more precise information on lighting, but also be exploited for ARKit, to create 3D models and much more. Although most analysts agree that the third objective is a “time-of-flight”, some experts – including Ming-Chi Kuo – hypothesize that it may instead be a super-wide-angle lens . The cameras will be included in a large square derived from the body, a housing that is arousing doubts and curiosity among fans of the Californian group, considering how other producers have instead decided to introduce three aligned objectives.

Finally, iPhone XI should not include a USB-C port as it does on the iPad Pro, but rather continue with the Lightning tradition. The battery, in the meantime, should remain similar to the previous editions in terms of capacity: the optimization of the A13 chip, however, could still guarantee greater autonomy.

Software ( ↑ )

The future iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max could probably be distributed with iOS 13 pre-installed, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system. At the moment no great details have emerged on the novelties of this release, waiting for the first beta to be shown to developers during the WWDC of June 2019. Among the new features provided for the introduction of a dark mode like macOS, useful above all on OLED devices to save energy, new operations cancellation operations, renewed multitasking with independent windows, greater efficiency of the Hey Siri command and much more. At the moment, it is not known what devices will be fully compatible with this release.

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